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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

1742]
To Horace Mann
285
a busy politician as Villettes1, and such a blustering nego-ciator as il Furibondo3, are enough to put all your little economy of health and spirits in confusion. I agree with you, that they don't pique themselves upon understanding sense, any more than neutralities! The grand journey to Flandersz is a little at a stand: the expense has been computed at two thousand pounds a day! Many dozen of embroidered portmanteaus full of laurels and bays have been prepared this fortnight. The Regency has been settled and unsettled twenty times: it is now said, that the weight of it is not to be laid on the Prince. The King is to return by his birthday4; but whether he is to bring back part of Trench Flanders with him, or will only have time to fetch Dunkirk, is uncertain. In the mean time, Lord Carteret is gone to the Hague; by which jaunt it seems that Lord Stair's last journey was not conclusive. The converting of the siege of Prague into a blockade, makes no great figure in the journals on this side the water and question—but it is the fashion not to take towns that one was sure of taking! I cannot pardon the Princess for having thought of putting off her epuisements and lassitudes, to take a trip to Leghorn, pendant gu'on ne donnoit a manger a Monsieur le Prince son fits que de la chair de chevaux! Poor Prince Beauvau5! I shall be glad to hear he is safe from this siege. Some of the French princes of the blood have been stealing away a volunteering, but took care to be missed in time. Our Duke goes with
LETTER 95.—1 Minister at Turin.
2 Admiral Matthews; his ships having committed some outrages on the coast of Italy, the Italians called him il Furibondo. Walpole.—Thomas Matthews (1676-1751), Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean, Minister Plenipotentiary to the States of Italy and. to the King of Sardinia. His diplomatic appointment was highly offensive to Mann. Matthews was dismissed from the
service (1747) on charges preferred against "him hy Lestock, relative to the action off Toulon of Feb. 11, 1744.
3 Of George IL
* November 10.
8 Charles Juste (1720-1793), Prince (afterwards Due) de Beauvau, Mare'-chal de Prance ; Governor of Langue-doc and of Provence. He was also a member of the French Academy.